Nuneaton is the next stop for the Bees bandwagon, as Pete Glackin and Stuart Pearl’s side looks to extend its unbeaten league run to 10 games when they travel to Nuneaton this Saturday (11th November, KO 2.15pm).
The league leaders were pushed all the way by Newport Salop last weekend and they are likely to face equally robust opposition in the shape of Nuneaton. Nuneaton currently sit in 8th position in the Midlands Premier League – 20 points shy of their visitors, but “the Nuns” league standing is a reflection, in part, of a slow start to the season.
The Warwickshire side lost their first three league games – away at Doncaster (38-32), at home to Lichfield (21-25) and away at Longton (36-27) - before they managed to get their season in gear with four wins on the bounce.
Those wins came on the road at Newbold (14-18), Newport (12-17) and Scunthorpe (25-53), along with a regulation home victory against Old Halesonians (63-0).
More recently, they have come out second best away from home against form teams Peterborough Lions (41-18) and Sandbach (15-12).
Continuity has been one of many success factors in the Bees’ unbeaten run and the backroom staff have made just minor changes to the side that edged out Newport Salop last Saturday. An injury to Steve Johns sees a fit again Jimmy Oliver come into the outside centre berth. Michael Stephens starts in the backrow, with Danny Wright moving to the engine row and Matt Spink on the bench.
The Hornets once again join their first team colleagues on the coach trip on Saturday, taking on Nuneaton 2nds in the Midlands Reserve League fixture.
Bees squad v Nuneaton (A, 2.15pm KO): - 1. Kurtis Payne, 2. Zane Raimondi, 3. Matt Probert, 4. Andy Weaver, 5. Danny Wright, 6 Ashley Scriven., 7. Michael Stephens, 8 Umraan Jadwat, 9. Jack Jolly ©, 10. Max Rodman, 11. Tawanda Chipadza, 12. Nathan Tilsley, 13. Jimmy Oliver, 14. JT Nabetelevu, 15. Harry O’Brien, 16. Joe Foreman, 17. Matt Spink & 18. Jack Secher.
Referee: - Louis Biggs
Hornets squad v Nuneaton (A, 2.15pm KO): - 1. Harry Smith, 2. George Radburn, 3. Freddie Portykus, 4. Reece Donaldson, 5. Keenan Cooper, 6. Jacob Lisle, 7. Sam Allen, 8. Chris Thompson ©, 9. Sean O’Sullivan, 10. Ben Phillips, 11. Ace Summers, 12. Ben Cooper, 13. Joe Cave, 14. Diaba, 15. Jamie Maynard, 16. Jamie Domachi, 17. Harry Barnes & 18. Cameron May.
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Updated 19:55 - 11 Nov 2017 by Richard Smith